Can't Hardly Wait

Critics Consensus

Occasionally clever and moderately intelligent, Can't Hardly Wait also contains too many cheap laughs, recycled plotting, and flat characters.



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Movie Info

First-time writers-directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan make a summer movie filled with the angst of graduation.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt
as Amanda Beckett
Ethan Embry
as Preston Meyers
Seth Green
as Kenny Fisher
Lauren Ambrose
as Denise Fleming
Charlie Korsmo
as William Lichter
Peter Facinelli
as Mike Dexter
Melissa Joan Hart
as Yearbook Girl
Jenna Elfman
as The Angel
Jerry O'Connell
as Trip McNeely
Alexander Martin
as Exchange Student
Erik Palladino
as Cousin Ron
Summer Phoenix
as Uncredited
Freddy Rodriguez
as Jack No. 3
Joel Michaely
as X-Phile No. 1
Jay Paulson
as X-Phile No. 2
Brian Hall
as Reak Homeboy
Branden Williams
as Homeboy No. 1
Bobby Jacoby
as Homeboy No. 2
Johnny Zander
as Guitar Player
Alaa Khaled
as Bass Player
Jaime Pressly
as Girlfriend No. 1
Tamala Jones
as Girlfriend No. 2
Jennifer Lyons
as Girlfriend No. 3
Angela Vacco
as Beer Drinker
Nick Paulos
as Beer Drinker
Chris Owen
as Klepto Kid
Vicellous Reon Shannon
as Reddi Whip Kid
Liz Stauber
as Gossipy Girl
Nicole Bilderback
as Ready to Have Sex Girl
Jason Segel
as Watermelon Guy
Paige Moss
as Ashley
Leslie Grossman
as Ready to Have Sex Girl's Friend
Ali MacLean
as Language Lab Girl
Brian Klugman
as Stoner Guy
Meadow Sisto
as Hippie Girl
Eric Balfour
as Hippie Boy
Selma Blair
as Girl Mike Hits on No. 1
Jennifer Paz
as Girl Mike Hits on No. 2
Sara Rue
as Earth Girl
Nils Larson
as Skinny Boy
Steve Monroe
as Headbanger
Eric Brice Scott
as Hockey Guy
Chris Wiehl
as Horny Guy
Amber Benson
as Stoned Girl
Breckin Meyer
as Lead Singer in the Band
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Critic Reviews for Can't Hardly Wait

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (17)

  • Kaplan and Elfont provide a real public service by showing how underage binge drinking can boost bookish students' social lives.

    Mar 19, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Fortunately, some of the appealing young performers -- who include Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose and, especially, Seth Green -- manage to emerge from the film's generic suburban-teen backdrop.

    Mar 19, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There are signs that Can't Hardly Wait once had more serious aspirations... But in the final edit, at least, it's the dumb, broad slapstick that prevails, short-circuiting identification with the characters before it can begin.

    Mar 19, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The majority of the film is mired in magazine cliches and tired gags. Oh, look, the foreign exchange student only knows how to say he's a sex machine, haw! And the nerd's getting drunk! Hoo!

    Mar 19, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The film deserves credit, both for its breezy pacing and its uncommon tendency to make its characters smarter and geekier than they might have been.

    Mar 19, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A high-spirited, synthetically raucous house-party comedy.

    Aug 6, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Can't Hardly Wait

  • Dec 20, 2015
    I really enjoyed this. I like how it takes a look at all the typical high school cliques and cliches and reevaluates them, and surprises the audience. All in all, this was just a really cool film, basically a 90s classic.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2013
    Can't Hardly Wait is an entertaining and fun teen comedy that's surprisingly insightful. A high school graduation party proves to be a watershed moment as several characters take their last shots at love, revenge, redemption, and friendship. While the story's a bit generic, to also takes the characters on a journey of self-discover that's more thoughtful than one would expect from a teen film. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Seth Green, Jaime Pressly, and Freddy Rodríguez, the cast is quite impressive, and their performances do a good job at giving some personality to these otherwise stereotypical characters. Additionally, the film has an excellent soundtrack that has a lot of energy and captures the tone of the material. Despite some flaws, Can't Hardly Wait speaks to the '90s high school experience in a way that few films of the time were able to.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2012
    Decent Teen comedy, but nothing ever great, Can't Hardly Wait is one of those films that could have been better, but still has enough charm to really make it a fun film to watch. The film is quite forgettable, but manages to be fun for the time you're watching it. However it does not stand out among other Teen comedies. Can't Hardly Wait is mindless fun, but lacks anything to really make it memorable. For what it is, it works, but is far from films like Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The film could have been much better and though is fun entertainment, it never becomes anything but mindless and sometimes dull entertainment. I think this film could have been reworked significantly to make it a much better film, and it's a shame that the film is never anything truly good or memorable. The film is simply a decent viewing. The film has some good gags, but most of the time, they fall flat and don't go nowhere. If the script would have been more developed and some parts would have been recast, then maybe this film would have been better. As a whole, the film offered some laughs, but I just felt that the story lacked too much, and really didn't offer anything new to the genre. Despite this fact, this is a fun, mindless film that has its moments despite the fact that it's a decent teen comedy. I didn't hate the film; I just feel it could have been much better. If you're looking a mindless entertaining ride, Can't Hardly Wait is worth seeing, just don't expect anything great with this film. The film does provide good laughs even if it's not a classic by any means.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2011
    "Yo, I gotta have sex tonight! I mean peep this - They say here ninety-two percent of the honeys at UCLA are sexually active. Ninety-two of the women in Los Angeles at UCLA walking around going, "Class... or sex? What shall I do?" Ninety-two percent, yo! Hey, you know what that means?" "If I had known you would've been in here pleasuring yourself" "Look, there's a mirror right're white." Flashback to the notorious school years where the actors and actresses portray the anguish and the ecstasy of high school perfectly! It is absolutely loaded with cameos from the hottest stars before they became famous: Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina), Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intentions), Breckin Meyer (Ghosts of a Girlfriend Past), Jason Segel (I love you Man), Jerry O'Connell (Scream 2) and many more. An amusing teen film about a high school guy who has been infatuated with the most popular girl for four years! The whole setting is a graduation party where Amanda (the popular girl played by Jennifer love Hewitt) finds a letter written by the guy that likes her. Amanda has just realized that her football hero boyfriend is a moron who gets off on mooning the cashier at Burger King and giving the freshmen wedgies; and there's Preston (Ethan Embry), the ordinary quiet guy who has idolized her for four years and whom she's never so much as noticed. Also in this movie is Seth Green as Kenny Fisher (a young white suburbanite who better identifies with African American culture). His timing and his tact (or lack thereof) is ridiculously funny. The way he walks talks and acts is just plain out hilarious. His only goal is to get laid but he ends up in deep conversation with a childhood friend, a dumpy little girl (Lauren Ambrose) he abandoned freshman year because she was in all the "smart" classes and had no money. Then we have Charlie Korsmo as William Lichter, the geek (Ack! STEREOTYPES!) who crashes the party in a bizarre sabotage attempt, but by the time he leaves the party, he OWNS it. I also like Melissa Joan Hart, who played an annoying yearbook girl who asks everyone to sign her yearbook and Jenna Elfman as the angel stripper, witty as ever.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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